Welcome to Rimutaka Baptist sermons. Join us for Worship Services every Sunday at 10 AM. We upload the sermons to YouTube by 5:30 PM Sunday evenings for those who are unable to make it to church. All our sermons are available for viewing on our YouTube channel, but you can also click on the videos included in the sermon blog posts below.
This Sunday we celebrate the first Sunday in Advent – Hope. We are just as in need of God’s hope today as the people of God were back then. One thing that is different is that we know God fulfilled His promises with Jesus and because of that we have everything to hope for inContinue reading “2021-11-28 Sermon – Hope”
This Sunday we look at the spiritual disciple of submission and how it can help us navigate the complex issues of our day. God’s word is alive and active and able to inform our way ahead at any time and so we must submit, first and foremost to His way and then let that influenceContinue reading “2021-11-21 Sermon – Submission”
Just a quick note to say there will be no videos for the next two weeks as our video editor takes a break. This Sunday, we begin our engagement with NZBMS’s Prayer and Self-Denial appeal. The mission of God is all around us, but often we lose our focus on what God is doing andContinue reading “2021-10-03 Sermon – Prayer and Self Denial – Part One”
This Sunday we come to the end of our sermon series in 1 Peter where we see firefighters have a lot in common with Christian’s in the midst of fiery ordeals as Peter calls it. We look at how spiritual maturity and spiritual disciplines can help us to become strong and resilient in the faith.
This Sunday, we continue on with our sermon series in 1 Peter by looking at chapter four. Here we learn that all the sub-calls within our grand “call” to be a Christian result in a life lived for God. Stay tuned for an image filled look at what it means to live an embodied SpiritualContinue reading “2021-09-19 Sermon – Living for God”
This Sunday we continue with Peter’s first letter by looking at the remainder of Chapter 2. In particular we will focus on the call to submit and the call to suffer which we find in the example of a slave’s relationship with his or her master. How might following Jesus help us to resolve theContinue reading “2021-09-05 Sermon – The Call”
This Sunday we continue our sermon series in 1 Peter by learning what it means to be a Christian who lives in the world but is not of the world. Peter gives us some real practical advice on how we can live in the freedom and contradictions as sojourners in the land.
In this week’s sermon, we answer the following questions raised by the Rimutaka Baptist Church congregation: 1. Did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons? 2. Why does God allow pain, suffering and injustice in the world? 3. What does it mean to pray in the Spirit, and how does this differ from normal prayer?
This Sunday John Gunn preaches a message on salvation and the Christian walk. Our salvation in Christ is guaranteed. Sometimes however we can get lost in the wilderness of life, and think we have lost our way, potentially even lost God Himself. But God is still there, we are just confused, it is time toContinue reading “2021-07-18 Sermon – Not Lost, Just Confused”
This week we continue on in our sermon series in Ephesians by looking at what a day in the life of a Christian Soldier might look like before we put on our armor. Our minds and hearts must be focused on Christ. We need to know who we are and how to fight so thatContinue reading “2021-07-11 Sermon – A day in the life of a Christian Soldier”
This Sunday we continue on in our sermon series by looking at part one of Chapter 4. Paul urges us to live a life worth of the calling you have received. We are going to learn that our well-being and well-doing are connected and that if we focus on these two areas in our faithContinue reading “2021-07-04 Sermon – Well-Being and Well-Doing”
This week we continue our sermon series in Ephesians and look at chapter 3. Here we see that Paul’s weakness is what qualifies him to preach the gospel. Paul’s weakness contrasted with the power of God is what proves his message to be authentic. This same power dwells in us, building us up in ChristContinue reading “2021-06-26 Sermon – What Dwells Within”
This Sunday we continue to look at Ephesians 1 and 2. Last week, we learnt how important it is to find our identity in Christ, to leave behind the old way of living for the rich new royal life we have inherit through Christ. Today we discuss how we can come together as individuals toContinue reading “2021-06-20 Sermon – Remember to Re-Member”
Join us today as Paul brings a message on how so often God speaks and we fail to listen. What truth should we be aware of in scripture and how will they help us to overcome doubt in the hard times.
This Pentecost Sunday we continue our sermon series in Colossians by looking at chapter 3. Apprentices of Jesus are to know what it means to be image bearers and how to avoid idolatry and negative behaviours that impact ourselves and others. We also have some wonderful poetry by members of our Church.
This week we continue on in our sermon series in Colossians by looking at Chapter 2. We look at what it means to have Christ dwell in us. How does the Holy Spirit renovate our hearts and what part do we have to play in the process. It’s Grand Designs: Jesus Edition!
Today we continue our sermon series in Colossians and look at the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ. Making this a part of our lives will help us to mature in the faith and make us into better apprentices where Jesus is a part of everything we do.
Join us today as we begin a new sermon series looking at what it means to be an apprentice to Jesus. We begin with Paul’s letter to the Colossians where He encourages the church to focus on their spiritual maturity, this will help them to face any challenges with endurance and patience.
This Sunday we come to the end of our sermon series in John with a particularly special encounter between Jesus and Peter. Peter is reinstated as shepherd and leader of the early church. What can we learn today if Jesus was to ask us the same questions, how might we participate in His grand story,Continue reading “2021-04-18 Sermon – The Three “I Love You’s””
This week we look at the encounters Jesus had with His disciples including Mary and Thomas. What if any insights or lessons can we gain that will help us move ahead in our faith journeys as we begin to allow the Risen Christ to be at work within us.
So often in our faith life we spend most of our time “consuming” God. But we are not meant to have a one sided relationship, so as we are nearing Easter, we take timeout as a church to focus solely on worshiping God by participating in the stations of the Cross. Join us and followContinue reading “2021-03-21 Sermon – Stations of the Cross”
This week we continue our sermon series in John by looking at Chapter 13 where Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. We learn about what is means to be servant-hearted and love in a way God has called us too. We address the subject of pride and how by following four movements of love,Continue reading “2021-03-14 Sermon – Call to be Servants”
This week we continue on in our sermon series in John looking at the rest of chapter 16. Jesus is preparing His disciples for His death and resurrection. We gain an important insight into how we should adjust our thinking and put what we have learnt about the gospel into practice; this will see usContinue reading “2021-02-28 Sermon – Thinking Well”
In this week’s Sermon we look at John 16:5-15. Jesus tells the disciples what to expect when He leaves. They are overcome by grief and so do not ask the right question. Jesus challenges them to focus on what will come after He leaves. The answer is truly wonderful!
In today’s sermon we learnt what it means to be connected to the True Vine. The importance of obedience came to light once again. It is only through obedience that we keep our connection to God. We will also look at Jesus’ challenge to us to love each other.
Today we continue with our sermon series in John and look at Chapter 14:15-31. In this passage the role of the Father, Son and Spirit are unpacked for us and we begin to see how each person helps us to unite heart and will. We learn that the secret weapon Jesus uses to defeat theContinue reading “2021-01-31 Sermon – If you love Me, you would…”
Today we pick up a sermon series in John we began last year and look at John 14:1-14. Following on from last week’s sermon and Jesus’ teaching on preparedness and not to worry, we look at how we can begin to learn how to control our emotions. A divided heart that has been taught toContinue reading “2021-01-24 Sermon – An Undivided Heart”
Over the break I have been reflecting on God’s perfect timing. Thinking about God’s timing brings up many questions for us in our Christian journey. Join me as I unpack the differences between our timing and God’s timing and how we can move into a better place in our daily walk with Jesus.
Today Robyn Mellar-Smith brings a message on Faith in everyday life drawing in Romans 5:1-11. Through Faith in Christ, we belong to God and it is by having our identity and belonging in Christ that we can face the trials in our everyday faith journeys.
This Sunday we hear from guest speaker Brian Krum who is the Baptist Youth Team Leader. Brian brings us a sermon on the subject of Faith. It is such an important topic for us to hear as we leave behind 2020 and usher in 2021. Last year took a tremendous amount of faith to getContinue reading “2021-01-03 Sermon – Faith”
The day has finally arrived, its Christmas! Once again we are able to reflect on the great love God has for us in sending His Son. It is an extraordinary story and yet quite similar to our own. In today’s sermon we look at how an event that happened over two thousand years ago isContinue reading “2020-12-25 Sermon – Christmas 2020”
This is the fourth Sunday of Advent and our theme is love. What is love and what are its characteristics? Today we focus on the greatest expression of love, the gift of the Son. Only God can love us perfectly and once we experience that love it transforms us and we become people of thisContinue reading “2020-12-20 Sermon – Love”
Today is the second Sunday of Advent and our theme is Peace. Throughout scripture we find a pattern for peace. If the people of God follow it, they will thrive. That doesn’t mean we won’t have trials but we will find that living under the loving direction of the Prince of Peace will make ourContinue reading “2020-12-06 Sermon – Patterns of Peace”
This Sunday we look at James the brother of Jesus in our short sermon series on people in the Bible. We look back in history to discover who James was. His message to us in his letter is to endure, not to be double -minded, to listen, to act on your faith and to tameContinue reading “2020-11-22 Sermon – James”
This week we look at the account of Ruth in scripture. Ruth’s faithfulness is meant to point us to God’s faithfulness to us. Like Boaz was Ruth’s kinsmen redeemer, so Jesus is our kinsmen redeemer. Ruth ran toward God and this allowed God to be at work within her situation. Ruth is an inspiration.
Last week we looked at the essentials we need to pack in our faith back pack. Today Paul gives the Philippians and us one last set of instructions for our faith journeys. Paul sets out a number of filters we need to consider as we consume information. Filters that will help us to have theContinue reading “2020-10-25 Sermon – Mind Filters”
In today’s sermon we hear from Paul about the peace of God that passes all understanding and that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. On the journey of faith just, like on a long camping trip, one must consider carefully how you pack your backpack. Paul teaches us what to fill our backpacksContinue reading “2020-10-18 Sermon – Peace”
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